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Search Tools Survey - Custom Product Ratings

This page covers custom-written and home-made search engines. Of these entries, only a few people were satisfied with their search engines. Complaints include problems with coverage, duplicates, relevance ranking and speed.

Given these problems, and the number of solid search engines available, whether as commercial products, remote services or open-source code, I recommend against custom search engines.

Custom Search Tools Responses, sorted by rating

rating how long date reported What works well about this search tool? Any problems or issues with this search tool?
4 3 years 01/2000 - -
4 2 years 01/2000 Searches all items coming up for sale not really
4 2 months 02/2000 - -
4 Don't know 11/1999 Fast None
3 5 years 08/2001 - -
3 5 years 08/2000 Relevance ranking complex queries
3 1 year 06/2001 simple does not scan docs etc
3 6 months 10/2000 Gets the documents needed Does not support phonetics etc.
3 3 months 10/2000 all ok
3 - 10/2001 Fast No
2 4 years 01/1999 - speed (possibly due to hardware)
2 3 years 01/2002 Geared to products Not sufficiently accurate
2 3 years 01/1999 - -
2 2 years 06/1999 - -
2 1.5 years 01/2000 returns good set of results performance not quite as good as needed
2 1 year 02/2002 fast; accurate; not able to index other file types (Word, PPT, etc)
2 1 year 12/2000 - -
2 9 months 03/2001 accurate, several options, real-time too slow
2 8 months 02/2001 its an in-house tool built while deciding what to select could be better
2 6 months 09/2001 fast doesn't find all content; no reports; no customizable search results page (targeted ads, links to other resources)
2 6 months 05/2000 easy to read results results not ranked by relevance
2 6 months 06/1999 Does a simple, keyword-based search. Users need a full-text search
2 2 months 03/2001 good keyword matching, ranking by relevancy need natural language search, greater scalability, faster search results
2 1 month 03/2001 search engine not effcient
2 don't know 09/1999 Gets the results Somebody installed the code, and nobody here know how to modify it. Want a simpler search mechanism.
2 - 05/2002 - -
2 25 years 01/2001 fast compatibility with outside vendors
1 3 years 05/2002 it provides good results it is much too slow
1 3 years 04/2000 T It only performs top-level text searches
1 2 years 06/2001 Not a lot Difficult to find, hard to use, cannot search the content of PDF documents
1 2 years 11/1999 - too limited, can not do multi-word search
1 2 years 05/1999 - not specific in returning results; no ability to do advanced searching or modify searches or refine search within a returned set of search results
1 14 months 07/2001 - We have had many. At this time it isn't working at all. We used this because at the time we were being hosted and could not install any software. We are changing from an NT server to and inhouse UNIX server and I need a search engine that will work with this.
1 1 year 01/2001 it produces results not designed, sometimes no good relevance
1 6 months 06/2000 it index all site not accurate searches
1 6 months 03/2000 - -
1 2 months 01/2000 nothing too slow, does not find everything it should, returns poor results
1 2 weeks 06/2000 - doesn't give an adequate order related to relevance to the hits
1 not yet 06/2001 Integrated with TWiki Does not include: -proximity -phrases -other
1 not yet 10/1999 it was ready on schedule. result format is minimal and erratic too many duplicates finds pages it shouldn't
1 don't know 04/2002 - Not Applicable - It cannot index pdf, office files.
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